Celia Ryker's Walking Home: Trail Stories is about more than mud, sweat, and blisters while thru-hiking the Long Trail. Reminiscent of Cheryl Strayed's Wild, Ryker's mind wanders as her legs carry her forward, beyond a woodland path, to places and people she thought she had forgotten. Her grandmother's spirit appears on Mount Baker. A lost cousin waits for her at the bottom of every ladder. Her late father's words reverberate among the calls of barred owls. There were days when she didn't see another hiker, but she was never alone. Celia began writing about a difficult hike and ended up writing about the people who inspired her throughout her life. These are her "trail stories."
About the Author
Celia Ryker’s first career was training horses, teaching and campaigning students on southeast Michigan’s local hunter jumper circuit. After thirty years she went back to school and switched to gardening and landscape design. When she began distance hiking her husband said, “She got to H in the alphabet and stopped. She went from horses, to horticulture, to hiking.” Beyond all of those, she writes. She has been writing all of her life and is now an author. Her first book Walking Home is a memoir about hiking Vermont’s Long Trail. It is a series of short stories brought together by a difficult hike. Celia and her husband Don live between Vermont and Michigan with their border collie, Flurry. Visit her website, celiaryker.com.
“Reading "Walking Home," my astonishment that a woman who had never slept in a tent and had balance issues would undertake an almost 300-mile backpacking trek on one of the toughest trails in North America matured into something deeper: an appreciation that being in touch with nature helps us be in touch with ourselves. I think you’ll enjoy this book. It’s great.”
—D.W. Allen, author of "Dappled Psychiatric"